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Trouble Getting a Spondylitis Diagnosis?

Posted on March 08, 2019

Many symptoms of spondylitis mimic other back pain or pain conditions. It can take years of tests and doctor visits to get a correct diagnosis, meanwhile pain and inflammation must be dealt with daily.

On MySpondylitisTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with spondylitis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Trouble getting a diagnosis is one of the most discussed topics.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about trouble getting a diagnosis:

Has a "professional" eg, Dr. surgeon, specialist ever doubted your pain? Looked at you like you are crazy or a drug seeker?

How do doctors give diagnosis when so my things have the same symptoms ?? How can they tell what is what?

Was told I have Spondyloarthritis, but what does this mean?

Here are some conversations about trouble getting a diagnosis:

"I get a new Dr. who decides to send me to a rheumatologist because she is concerned about how long I've been on Naproxen. The Rheumatologist claims I have a condition known as DISH and not A.S. But, when I look it up, my symptoms all align with A.S. and not DISH. I'm not sure what to do now."

Had appointments with consultant. Still not diagnosed with spondylitis even though symptoms are there..."

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